Thursday, December 22, 2005
Download: Stone Jack Jones -- "Smile"
Download: Stone Jack Jones -- "Bread"
Us Team C.-ers are going to be in and out for the holidays, but I thought I would leave you with this taster of Stone Jack Jones, who is putting out his second album, bluefolk, next year on the awesome Fictitious Records label out of Nashville.
Stone Jack Jones is an interesting character from Nashville, TN in the mode of a Tom Waits or a Jim White, a purveyor of evocative, atmospheric, gothic Americana. Great stuff…a real discovery. A chance meeting with Patty Griffin and a friendship with uber-producer Roger Moutenot got him making records, but Stone Jack has also worked as a circus performer and carnie, shared a girlfriend (!) with Michael Stipe, and owned a strip club. A world-weariness reflects beautifully in all of his music, particularly in his dusty, creaky voice.
This record came out of nowhere and blew me away, and I guarantee you'll feel the same way about it.